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Dec 30, 2012 8:00am EST
morning why lawmakers have not yet been able to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. president obama spoke exclusively to nbc's david gregory. we are going to get a preview of what he has to say just ahead. >> it has been just two weeks since the tragedy of sandy hook elementary in connecticut. a teenager in california wrote a poem to express her feelings saying she understood how it could happen and it got her suspended from school. we'll get her reaction coming up >>> we'll also hear from the 29-year-old surfer that used his fists and his board to save his life when a shark kept coming at him again and again. >> scary story. >>> later on, we'll switch gears and look back at the year in pop culture, from the rise of honey boo boo to the unlikely bop lairity of that catchy tune, gang ham style. >> slightly popular, wasn't it? >>> we begin with the race in washington to fist fiscal cliff deadline including a preview of david gr david gregory's exclusive interview. we begin with kristen welker. >> the house is back in session and they could announce a deal as early as this afternoon. m
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Dec 26, 2012 7:00am EST
our way. we'll have the latest straight ahead. >>> also this morning president obama cutting short his vacation in hawaii, heading back to washington that. will happen tonight to work on a fiscal cliff deal. don't wait for washington to reach a deal by the end of the year. coming up, what you can do right now to minimize the impact on your own bottom line. >>> jessica simpson used the holiday to confirm she is pregnant once again. she tweetd a picture of her 7-month-old daughter maxwell with the words "big sis." >>> in mobile, alabama, for us this morning, jim cantore. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. storm prediction center said we had as many as 34 tornadoes yesterday. average for the month of december is 26. church behind me here heavily damaged, two sections of the roof have been torn off and dropped below. christmas morning, that church was full of people and parishioners attending christmas service. power poles have been taken down as well. the last thing people in mobile expected on christmas day was to be cleaning up after a tornado. >> oh, my god! look at
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Dec 28, 2012 9:00am EST
first persian gulf war that forced iraq out of kuwait. president obama says we have lost an american original. >>> well, with some 90 hours to go until the fiscal cliff kicks in, president obama and top members of congress meet today at the white house, and the house is holding a rare session on sunday. but there are no signs that any proposals are taking shape that both sides can agree on. >>> heartbreak for many americans now banned from adopting russian children. this morning, president vladimir putin signed a bill that blocks russian children from leaving the country, even if u.s. families have already started the process of adopting them. the ban appears to be in re retaliation for u.s. criticism of russia's human rights record. >>> it's back to work for hillary clinton after being sidelined due to a concussion. she hit her head earlier this month after a stomach virus caused her to faint. overseas travel will remain off the table for several more weeks. >>> a woman has been arrested suspected of running a fraudulent fundraising scheme to profit off the sandy hook shooting trage
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Dec 26, 2012 9:00am EST
. >>> the christmas holiday is over for president obama and congress members both will be back in washington to try to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts january 1st. >>> price of milk could double if congress doesn't provide a fix for dairy prices. as you know aen s one scenario is to attach a farm bill to the fiscal cliff legislation if a deal can be reached in time. >>> newtown, connecticut, police in neighboring communities filled in for newtown officers so they could all have the day off to spend christmas with their families. >>> school shootings, bad weather and threat of tax increases in january all helped to slow holiday shopping after a pretty fast start on black friday. mastercard advisers say before christmas, shopping increased seven-tenths of 1% from a year ago. retailers are hoping to make up for that today. >>> do you ever wonder how santa prepares for the weather? apparently he prepares by jumping into cold weather. how santa cools off after a grueling christmas eve of delivering presents. looks so refreshing and relaxing. that is the new. now back ov
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Dec 18, 2012 2:05am EST
. i think when president obama went to that -- when last night to newtown, and sometimes you wonder, like, how is he going to find the words? how are pastors many churches about going to find the words? it was funny. it was sort of the simplest thing that i think hit the most people. let's take a listen. something the president said. >> let the little children come to me, jesus said, and do not hinder them. for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven. charlotte, daniel, olivia, josephine, ana, dylan, madeleine, catherine, chase, jesse, james, grace, emilie, jack, noah, caroline, jessica, benjamin, avielle, allison. >> hmm. >> it was doing that last night i was thinking no, not one more. not one more. 20 is just a number until you realize that -- >> yeah. >> their names. >> yeah. >> a lot of parents are sending their kids off or have already this morning sent their kids off to school, and it's got to be a scary thing because everything that this school did, sandy hook did, was right. i was just reading. >> beyond what many, many, many schools have done. they were really proactive about
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Dec 10, 2012 9:00am EST
obama and john boehner met sunday to discuss the issue. republicans and democrats have been deadlocked how to prevent tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in with the new year. the details of the conversation are being kept under wraps but both are saying the lines of communication are open. >>> the two deejays who pranked the hospital treating the duchess of cambridge last week now has had their show canceled. a nurse who was tricked by the hoax was found dead friday. the deejays who imperson ated queen elizabeth and prince charles say they are heartbroken and sorry if they played any role in the nurse's death. >>> mexican-american singing sensation jenni rivera was killed sunday when her plane cra crashed shortly after takeoff from monterey, mexico. all seven people were killed in the crash. a 43-year-old california native had sold more than 23 million records and was one of the biggest stars on mexican television. >>> south korean gangnam style singer psy did appear at last night's christmas in washington concert. under mountin pressure he apologized friday after it wa
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Dec 9, 2012 8:00am EST
obama's presidency, a new poll from quinnipiac shows him at a three-year high in his approval rating. how much did those numbers play into his negotiating position? >> i think they play a lot. there's a reason why the president says sure we'll go over the cliff, this is what we're going to do and he goes right to the public. there's bad blood from last summer still in terms of how these two guys negotiate mind the scenes. secondly the president is also saying to his base i'm going to go out there and i'll be tough because i've won the election, i've got people behind me, there's popular support for tax increases and i think he takes that and uses that right now. believe me, republicans get it. they see this as numbers, they understand the impact of the election. they get that, and i think that's why they're willing to deal. >> all of this will be front and center on "meet the press." who do you have coming up? >> senator dick durbin and representative kevin mccarthy, hopefully we'll get a clearer picture beyond what we're hearing publicly. thank you. >>> this flu season could be one
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Dec 29, 2012 7:00am EST
fiscal cliff. president obama saying he is modestly optimistic that they can come up with a plan in time. on friday, president obama met with the four top congressional leaders here at the white house for about an hour. sources close to those talks say that the president gave lawmakers two options, either come up with a plan that can make it through both chambers or put his proposal up for a vote. under the president's plan, the bush-era tax cuts would be extended for those making $250,000 or less with rates allowed to raise on top income earners. it would also extend unemployment insurance benefits. president obama saying the time for action is now. >> the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound. ordinary folks, they do their jobs. they meet deadlines. they sit down, and they discuss things and then things happen. if there are disagreements, they sort through the disagreements. the notion that our elected leadership can't do the same thing is mind-boggling to them. it needs to stop. >> reporter: and congressional leaders called frid
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Dec 28, 2012 7:00am EST
path. >>> let's make a deal. president obama sitting down with top congressional leader from both parties in just hours. can they agree on something before sending the country over the fiscal cliff? >>> and holy cow. $8 for a gallon of milk? why that utterly ridiculous price could be a very real possibility today, friday, december 28th, 2012. >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm willie geist in this morning. she is full of milk puns this morning. holy cow. utterly. >> what are you, lactose intolerant? >> the trifecta. >> we'll move on to the big story, which is the weather. we're bracing for another big storm before the last one is done. >> it's expected to bring a new round of travel headaches during a holiday travel weekend. how will it impact you in more on that ahead. >>> also, retired general norman schwarzkopf has died at the age of 78. he's being remembered as one of the greatest military figures in u.s. history. more on his remarkable life coming up. >>> also ahead, it happened again. a man shoved to his death
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Dec 17, 2012 7:00am EST
>>> good morning. you're not alone. >> olivia, josephine. >> president obama leads an emotional vigil for the victims of the elementary school shooting in connecticut and tells the tear-filled audience he will do everything in his power to prevent another mass shooting. >> these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. owe. >> a community saying good by to some of its youngest victims today, monday, december 17th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," tragedy at sandy hook elementary, with matt lauer, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, and savi ysa guthrie, live from newtown, connecticut. >> good morning. welcome to this special edition of "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. savannah guthrie is in newtown, connecticut. the president's remarks at that vigil last night were moving, powerful. they were spoken, of course, not only as the nation's leader but also, savannah, from a heartbroken parent's point of vi view. >> no question about that. there were loud, audible sobs as the president read through the names of thos
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Dec 6, 2012 7:00am EST
given the fatal order to attack, matt. >> hey, mick, a few days ago, president obama warned the syrian regime, if you use chemical weapons, quote, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable. talk to me about any viable military options the u.s. has at its disposal right now. >> the preemptive strike is pretty much limited. ground troops out of the question. as syria has one of the most robust air defense systems in the world given to them by the russians. and cruise missiles could be launched but not against the missile sites themselves because that would indicate and could easily spread the deadly sarin gas. some have suggested, our, cruise missiles could be launched at regime targets. you know, but the solution to this may be occurring right now as we speak there in dublin where secretary of state hillary clinton is holding an unscheduled meeting with the russian foreign minister about syria. russia is syria's largest ally. if they can be convinced to withdraw some of that support, then it appears that the days for president assad's regime could be over. >> a
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Dec 1, 2012 5:00am PST
. the ceremony comes a little more than a year after president obama ended the military policy banning openly-gay people from serving. >>> ford is recalling fusion sedans because the engines can overheat and cause fires. that's inconvenient and dangerous. the recall affects vehicles from the 2013 model year with 1.6 liter engines. this is the fourth recall in as many months for the new ford escape which just went on sale last spring. >>> it's been months since a small dog was found in a trash bag on the side of the road in louisville, kentucky. and today, as you can see, karma the dog is doing just fine. he can walk. his broken bones are healing nicely and his personality is blossoming. the maltese was rescued by the shamrock era fund and so far more than 400 people have submitted applications hoping to adopt him. that is the news. now back to lester, era and dylan. >> too cute. >> very sweet. jenna, thanks. >>> dylan is back with the rest of the nation's weather forecast. good morning. >> good morning. hard to believe meteorological winter starts today. >> three weeks ahead of the res
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Dec 18, 2012 7:00am EST
the decades-long gun control debate. it began with president obama. >> are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? >> reporter: by monday morning, joe scarborough, now an msnbc host, came out forcefully against assault weapons. >> it is time for congress to put children before deadly dogmas. it's time for politicians to start focusing more on protecting our schoolyards. than putting together their next fundraiser. >> reporter: then, one of the biggest pro-gun senators. >> as your senator, i'll protect your second amendment rights. >> reporter: joe manchin of west virginia announced he too is changing his mind. >> i don't know of anybody, those hunting with an assault rifle, i don't know anybody that needs those types of multiple clips as far as ammunition. >> reporter: mark warner of virginia agreed. then the mayors of chicago -- >> it's time we as a country have a solid ban. >> reporter: and new york. >> this is just ridiculous. this is an outrage. we are killing each other, and we're the only in
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Dec 18, 2012 9:00am EST
$400,000. this is the first time that the obama administration has changed its stance on raising rates on incomes of $250,000 and up. >>> medal of honor recipient and longtime senator daniel inouye of hawaii has passed away. after a 50-year career in the senate, the world war ii hero is being remembered for his influential role in the watergate and iran contra scandals. the first japanese american to serve in congress. was third in the line of presidential succession. he was 88 years old. >>> south carolina's governor has chosen congressman tim scott to fill the senate seed vacated by jim demint. scott is a conservative elected to congress two years ago on the wave of the tea party movement. when he is sworn in next month, scott will be the only african-american in the senate. >>> a federal judge has refused to ban u.s. sales of three samsung smart phones even though a jury decided in august that the models made illegal use of some apple technology. that jury did order samsung to pay apple more than a billion dollars. however, the judge said monday that apple's demands to ban the
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Dec 23, 2012 8:00am EST
. president obama will attend the funeral in hawaii for senator daniel inouye. they have been paying tribute to the late senator. the 88-year-old died monday of respiratory complications. harry reid is asking hawaii's governor to appoint a successor before the end of the year. his death leaves the democrats down one seat in the senate. >>> egypt appears to have its new constitution. the final official count won't be known until monday. both sides say the islamic-backed constitution will pass. the nation is still divided over the pass it gives president morsi. only about one-third of the voters turned out at the polls >>> newtown, connecticut, while still in mourning over the deadly school shooting is being flooded with gifts from across the country, from people expressing their grief. social workers say while they are so grateful for the donations, including about 60,000 teddy bears, it is much more than the town can handle. they are suggesting that people do charitable work or make a donation in the victim's name. >> more than $2.6 million have been attributed to the town's official
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Dec 24, 2012 7:00am EST
. president obama begins day three of his hawaiian holiday. white house officials say this is a working vacation, but talks on the fiscal cliff remain largely deadlocked. meanwhile, members of congress came to honolulu on sunday to along with the president say good-bye to one of their own. with the fiscal cliff deadline looming, lawmakers and president obama attended a memorial service in honolulu on sunday for the late senator daniel inoyue. >> he was really a legislative hero who would never hesitated to collaborate with a republican colleague for the good of the country. >> reporter: there was little sign of collaboration on the morning talk shows. >> my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you cannot pass a bill with just republicans. >> the president has been a pathetic fiscal leader. >> both sides blaming each other for the impact. >> i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. i think he sees a political victory the on the bottom of the cliff. >> on taxes it's hard for the republicans, but the president ran on that platform, 250, no tax in
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Dec 10, 2012 7:00am EST
washington, including secretary of defense leon panetta and president barack obama who in a statement said he gave his life for his fellow americans and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free. the american navy s.e.a.l. sacrifice has not been lost on dr. joseph's family who, in a statement released their condolences. >> atia abawi in kabul, thank you. >>> the deejays who have made that prank call to the hospital where the duchess of cambridge had been staying have just learned that their show has been canceled after they made a public statement last night. >> reporter: since that interview, we learned that their show will be canceled and prank calls, like the one they made to this hospital, are being suspended by the radio station they work for. worldwide, the storm grows over kate middleton's nurse found dead last week. >> if we played any involvement in -- in her death, then we're very sorry for that. >> reporter: in tears today the australian deejays who made a prank call to kate's hospital, they have been su
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Dec 27, 2012 7:00am EST
. president obama flying home from hawaii this morning to try and get a deal on the fiscal cliff with the deadline just five days away now, but are the two sides even talking? >>> 36 million hits and counting. the videos that made us laugh, cry and cringe in 2012. we are going to look back at four of the year's most talked about internet sensations as the stars of them join us live in the studios, thursday, december 27th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm willie geist in this morning for matt. we have the party music on for a reason. it's someone's birthday in this room today. happy birthday, savannah. >> thank you. i'm getting my musical request for today. a little techovibe. >> we will have the carbon daters to take us back to the day you were born. >> do you need to tweet out my age? >> i gave some hints. >> turning 30, very excited about that. >> we'll let you have that one. >> a lot of wind in the new york a
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Dec 1, 2012 2:05am PST
didn't want to clean it up. >> she's done it in the tub. >>> first lady michelle obama is showing off the christmas decorations at the white house to a bunch of war veterans and families and things, and it's always cool. they are showing off a 300-pound gingerbread replica of the white house, there's bo the dog. look at that. gingerbread likeness of the white house. >> so beautiful. >> amazing what they do. >> main attraction, of course, is the white house christmas tree. that thing is 18 1/2 feet high and is decorated by the children of military families. >> that's so nice. i would not want to be the first family during the christmas season. they have receptions every night and all they do is smile and shake hands and take pictures. >> everyone wants to get there to see them. >> it is beautiful if you get a chance to go, drop-dead gorgeous. >>> with all the christmas parties and things coming up, which party character are you? pretend you're at an office party. this might be a good way to figure it out. are you the person, the peak too sooner? you're the one that helps round the
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Dec 31, 2012 9:00am EST
admired woman. president obama is the most admired man. >>> congress will spend part of the new year in session, trying to come up with a deal that will prevent the nation from going over the fiscal cliff. >>> the american academy of pediatrics has released a new statement encouraging elementary schools to let kids have their play time. recess gives children the opportunity to develop skills that can't be taught in the classroom, that it should not serve as a substitute for phys. ed. class. fond farewell 75 watt incandescent light bulb. under law, they can no longer be produced or imported as of january 1st though retailers can clear their remaining stocks. government will turn out the lights on traditional 60 and 40-watt bulbs in 2014. >>> it's what everyone is talking about, i think. reality tv star kim kardashian and rapper kanye west are expecting their first child. west made the announcement last night at a concert in atlantic city. west is 35. kardashian is 32, she is in the process of divorcing kris humphries, whom she married in 2011. >>> still ruled at the box office, stayed on
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Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
former secret service agent who safeguarded president obama in venues large and small. >> the world has changed so the game has changed and people want to see that force there. they want to see the uniforms and the police personnel, they want to see those tactical teams on the ground. it gives them a sense of security. >> security aside, preparations for fun and games have been ongoing for days. 2013 is in place. >> three, two, one. >> reporter: the confetti has been tested. yes, they actually test it. and the crystal sparkles, especially one in honor of mr. new year's eve himself, the late dick clark. >> i hope you have a healthy and happy new year. >> the first time on new year's eve because it's on my bucket list. >> times square when the ball drops. >> definitely something i wanted to do for the long time in my life, to be in the center of it, the glitz and the glamour. >> reporter: last year was a balmy 45 degrees when the ball dropped. this year we're expecting a windchill of 25, much cold er. happy new year to you, erica. >> ron, happy new year to you as well. that is when you hu
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Dec 18, 2012 4:30am EST
newtown. obama and boehner wheel and deal. >> announcer: this is "early today" for tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> good morning, this morning, we're learning more about adam lanza, the troubled 20-year-old who took the lives of 27 people last week including new details with his relationship with parents. adam's parents separated in 2001 and later separated in 2009. they said peter lanza cut off visiting adam around 2010. that was around the time that peter lanza began dating his new wife. peter lanza paid his ex-wife nancy just under $200,000 in alimony in 2012. friends say nancy lanza had not been working in recent years. adam lanza had, quote, no connections to the school where the massacre occurred. >>> students are returning to school this morning for the first time since the shooting massacre. meanwhile, more families will hold funerals. nbc's danielle leigh joins us. >> reporter: good morning. over my shoulder, you may be able to make out a christmas tree that's marking the memorial that is marking the focal point of this little town. it's just incredible to walk by that memorial
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Dec 6, 2012 4:30am EST
obama remains firm that the wealthy must pay more, and a few republicans are joining him. >>> pippa visits sister te, the $8 million man, and nasa's high res look at you on our planet earth. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, december 6th, 2012. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. well, this week president obama put syrian leader bashar al assad on notice specifically about the use of chemical weapons, and now we know why. pentagon sources tell nbc news syria is preparing chemical weapons for their possible use against the syrian people in the form of aerial bombs. >> reporter: as the fighting grows more intense and syrian rebels close in on damascus, the syrian regime has turned increasingly desperate. u.s. officials tell nbc news the syrian military has now loaded the precursor chemicals for seron nerve gas into aerial bombs that could be dropped from dozens of syrian fighter bombers. this week u.s. intelligence detected a flurry of activity at chemical weapons site, like this one near homs. while u.s. officials confirmed the
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Dec 26, 2012 4:30am EST
it's not over yet. >>> president obama cuts his christmas vacation short as the clock ticks down on the so-called fiscal cliff. >>> and christmas around the country. why are movies so long. and the long high heft speed train 2. "early today" starts now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for wednesday, december 26ing, 2012. >>> and a very good morning to you, i'm richard lui. christmas was anything but merry on wednesday. at least three deaths are blamed on a weather storm that spawns tornadoes in four states and dumped snow as far as texas. nbc's chris pallone has the latest from alabama. >> oh, wow, oh, jesus, look at that tornado. >> reporter: in mobile, alabama, a christmas surprise no one wished for. a tornado that touched down right near the emergency center. the twister left lots of damage at its waking blowing out first and second floor floor windows. and tearing off the roof at the high school. with trees and power lines down, tens of thousands are without electricity. the storm sent people scrambling for cover. >> one of the customers looked out the window, and he said th
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Dec 30, 2012 9:00am EST
. >>> and president obama maintained his position of raising taxes on wealthy americans. meet the press moderator david gregory sat down with an exclusive interview with president obama, and you can see that at 10:30. >>> new today, police are trying to identify a man. the "washington post" reports the victim was behind the wheel when he was shot and then he crashed into a tree. no word on developments for a search for a gunman or if there has been an arrest made. >>> and tonight there will be a vigil for a football player found stabbed to death. there was an arrest. police found stringfellow dead in a fan on friday night in vienna. the two strangers had plans to meet. his former teammate is understandably saddened at the news of his death. >> it was really hard for me, because he was one of those guys in my freshman year, he brought me under his wing and just showed me what to do and what not to do, and just -- it just hurts me to just see him gone like that. >> stringfellow played football in virginia, and he was a sophomore. >>> today a very rare opportunity to see a part of am
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Dec 18, 2012 4:30am EST
. president obama and house speaker john boehner are reportedly making progress on a deal that would prevent spending cuts and tax hikes at the tart of next year. they met yesterday at the white house. aides say boehner agreed to accept some tax increases for the wealthiest americans. in return, the president will sign off on more spending cuts. the house speaker will brief his fellow republicans on the proposal today. unemployment benefits may be a sticking point in the negotiations. more than 2 million americans will stop receiving their long-term unemployment checks on december 29th if lawmakers don't agree to renew the program. economists believe a continuation of the unemployment benefits will likely be part of the final deal because has support from democrats and republicans outside of congress. >> it's 4:37. ahead on news4 today, d.c. leaders try to come up with a plan for those controversial red top meters. >> a man plans to smuggle drugs into the country in an unusual way at dulles. >> it's cold and wet. find out how much will warm up today. tom has your forecast, weather an
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Dec 30, 2012 6:00am EST
. president obama pushed lawmakers to act. >> we cannot let washington politics gets in the way of america's progress. >> and they called on them to reach a prau phaoeuz or allow a vote on his plan that would among other things raise taxes on those making $250,000. >> i believe it could pass both houses as long as these leaders allow it to come to a vote. >> roy blunt delivered the republican spaupbs. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top 2% of the americans will not even pay the interest on the trillion-dollar debt. >> and there is a plan that could include extending unemployment insurance benefits, and allowing tax rates to increase on the wealthiest americans. but this issue remains a major sticking point with many republicans resisting any tax inkraes at all. the last-minute process calls into question washington's ability to look at all the issues. >> meanwhile, americans watched with worry and frustration. >> i think they are all failing us a great deal and i am sick and tired of them fighting. >> it's the equivalent of worrying about your mortgage after you are already
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Dec 24, 2012 4:30am EST
federal employees have the day off from work this christmas eve thanks to president obama. he made the announcement on friday. last-minute shoppers can use metro to get around today and metro is operating on its regular weekday service. trains will be running until midnight tonight and tomorrow trains and buses will operate on a sunday schedule. that's from 7:00 a.m. until midnight. >>> a longtime republican senator is apologizing for a drunk driving arrest. police say alaex andreandria po arrested idaho senator michael crapo. crapo says that he made a mistake and accepts responsibility for what happened. he's due in court next month. >>> the head of the nra defends some controversial remarks about gun control made in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at sandy hook elementary. he sticks by his statement where he says the tragedy could have been prevented if every school has armed guards. >> it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children then call me crazy. i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. it's the one thin
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Dec 28, 2012 4:00am EST
>>> "d" day for president obama and congressional leaders. automatic tax hikes and smaller paychecks hang in the balance. >>> an american military here row the four-star general known as stormin' norman schwarzkopf has died. >>> 16 deaths blamed on the most recent winter storm with another one on the way. >>> a fiscal milk cliff could be humaning. thieves clean out a walmart, including guns, and bears over the bruins in the holiday bowl. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, december 28th, 2012. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. even as the finger pointing continues on capitol hill this morning there is new hope for a deal to avoid that pass cal cliff. president obama will be meeting with congressional leaders later today. nbc's danielle leigh joins us live with the latest on capitol hill. danielle what is the datest in terms of what we can expect in the next coming days and the likelihood that they can reach a deal? >> reporter: mara, good morning. well, this meeting that is the last meeting at the white house is going to be
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Dec 31, 2012 6:00am EST
6:12. coming up, president obama's promise for 2013. >>> several people are dead after a charter bus skidded off a highway. police say the bus lost control in eastern oregon yesterday crashing through a guardrail and down an embankment. rescue crews had to get down to the victims using ropes. the crash was the second deadliest sdend along the same highway in the same day. >>> the body of a man who opened fire inside a connecticut elementary school was claimed for burial. someone who wishes to remain anonymous claimed the remans of adam lanza. he killed his mother before going to the elementary school killing 20 first gradersnd six adults. a private funeral was already held for his mother. >>> president obama promised action on gun control. the president pledged change in 2013. >> i'm going to put forward a package and put my full weight behind it. i'm going to be making an argument to the american people about were this is important and why we have to do efg we can to make sure that something like this never happens again. this is something that -- that was the worst day of my pr
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Dec 18, 2012 5:00am EST
negotiations with president obama. they met at the white house yesterday. it appears they may be close to an argument. aides say boehner agreed to accept some tax increases for the wealthiest americans. in return, the president will sign off on more spending cuts. the deal must be in place by the end of the year to avoid steep tax hikes and spending cuts. >>> a deal will likely mean that more than 2 million americans will continue receiving their long-term unemployment checks. that money will stop coming in on december 29th unless lawmakers agree to renew the program. economists believe a continuation of unemployment benefits will likely be part of the fiscal deal. the final deal. because it has support from democrats and republicans outside of congress. >>> d.c. police are investigating what they're calling a suspicious death in northeast. officers were called out to the 200 block of i street around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. they found the body of a man but are not saying how he died. homicide crews were also called to the scene. ths no new information. >>> police in alexandria are looki
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Dec 10, 2012 4:30am EST
country. >>> gasoline almost half a buck cheaper and going lower as president obama and boehner meet face to face to go over the looming fiscal cliff. >>> the latest on the death of a nurse. a handcuffed manakes off with a police cruiser. >>> and could hillary clinton be presented with an offer she can't refuse? "early today" starts right now. >>> this is "early today" for monday, december 10, 2012. >>> hey there, good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. right now residents in the midwest are waking up to the heaviest snow in months. highway closures and around 150 flight cancelations and delays at minneapolis, st. paul's airport, this morning. bill karins tracking the weather. what does it look like now? >> old man winter crashed the party this weekend. without a doubt. we were off to a warm period of weather throughout the country. now all the cold air up in canada and alaska has rushed to the south behind the storm. most of the snow was over with. light stuff and flurries minneapolis, green bay, light snow left for you. but the big story is the cold air that's behind this. if
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Dec 7, 2012 5:00am EST
remain at 7.9%. >>> president obama says this northern virginia couple is proof that lawmakers must come to an agreement on a budget deal by the end of the year. he met with tiffany and richard santana yesterday. living with tiffany's parents to help make ends meet. she wrote about her struggles to the white house as part of a social media campaign. >> we live with an extended family. we have two sets of adult incomes in our home. it would be more like a $4,000 tax increase for us, which would be relatively devastating for our family. i wanted to share that with the white house. i wasn't sure i was going to get a response, but i did want to at least make my voice heard. >> president obama says he'll only sign off on a budget deal that includes a tax hike for the wealthiest americans. republicans say they want to generate additional tax revenue by closing tax loopholes and eliminating some deductns. >>> the budget stalemate is taking its toll on maryland and virginia's governments. in maryland, state leaders say they can't make decisions on budget plans until they see how the fiscal
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Dec 29, 2012 6:00am EST
optimism that democrats and republicans could come to a deal before december 31st. president obama met with house and senate leaders yesterday. lawmakers are hoping for a deal to help avoid tax increases for everyone as well as massive spending cuts in defense and other areas. if a deal can be reached, the senate would vote on it first and then it would head to the house. the latest the house would vote on a possible deal is january 2nd. the final full day before a new congress takes office. the house is set to return to work tomorrow night, however. speaker john boehner told fellow representatives there would be a session at 6:30 tomorrow night. he said he hopes to have a senate bill in his hand by then that they can vote on. and be sure to tune in tomorrow morning for "meet the press." david gregory will sit down with an exclusive interview with president obama. you can see "meet the press" here on nbc 4. the show starts at 10:30. >>> new this morning, many same-sex couples in the state of maine can now say they're married. that state began allowing same-sex marriages at 12:01 th
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Dec 7, 2012 6:00am EST
obama don't reach an agreement on a budget by the end of the year. the white house has highlighted several middle class families' struggles in making the case for a deal. >>> in syria tensioned at a boiling point between rebels and the government. syrian rebels have declared damascus international airport a military target, warning civilians and airlines not to approach it. this comes as reports of the government preparing to use chemical weapons on the civilians there. since march of 2011, 40,000 people have been killed in the country's civil war. >>> a u.s. capitol police officer is in the hospital this morning after being hit by a car. this happened around 8:30 last night around massachusetts avenue in northeast washington. we're told the officer was hit during a traffic stop. her condition has not been released. so far no charges have been filed against the driver. >>> a video posted online is sparking an investigation of a metro bus driver. check it out. this video appears to show the driver holding and possibly even reading a newspaper behind the wheel. the rider who shot thi
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Dec 28, 2012 4:30am EST
crucial day in the effort to keep the country from going off the fiscal cliff. president obama meets with congressional leaders this afternoon. white house is denying reports to send a scaled back plan to congress. a deal at this point would probably extend bush era tax cuts for most americans and raise taxes on the country's top earners. it could also include an extension of long-term unemployment benefits, spending cuts would also be postponed. house speaker john boehner will be at the meeting today. the house will convene for a rare sunday evening session. house majority leader eric cantor says the house could be in session until january 2nd, the day before the new congress is sworn in. boehner, meanwhile, maintains that it's up to the senate to act first. >>> millions of americans may watch the ball drop new year's eve in times square, but a group of democrats is organizing its own ball drop on capitol hill. they'll launch their countdown today. their ball represents republicans dropping the ball on middle class families should lawmakers fail to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal c
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Dec 31, 2012 5:00am EST
shooting, president obama pledged to do something about gun laws to prevent a similar incident from happening. yesterday in an exclusive sit-down on nbc's meet the press, the president continued to keep that promise. >> with public opinion, there's nothing you can't do. and without public opinion, there's very little you can get done in this town. so i'm going to be putting forward a package. i'm going to be putting my full weight behind it. i'm going to be making an argument to the american people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at sandy hook elementary does not happen again. >> the president called the day of the shooting the worst day of his presidency. >>> in new york, thousands came out in tribute of two firefighters killed during a christmas eve ambush. the flag-draped casket carrying volunteer firefighter michael chiapperini were brought into a high school auditorium in webster. chiapperini was one of two firefighters killed during an attack in which a man set his house on fire and then shot se
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Dec 7, 2012 4:30am EST
deal will continue today. meanwhile, president obama says a northern virginia family is proof that a deal must get done before the end of the year. he met with tiffany and richard santana yesterday. the middle class couple is living with tiffany's parents to help make ends meet. she wrote about her struggles to the white house as part of a social media campaign. >> at first it was just that white house.gov was going to come and get a little more information about our story, and we really thought it was going to be that, just white house.gov coverage. as the days went on, we understood that that senior white house officials was the white house official. so it was pretty exciting for us. >> president obama and lawmakers now have less than four weeks to reach a deal to avoid steep tax hikes and spending cuts from taking effect. >>> 4:34 now. melissa mollet is at the live desk with breaking news. good morning, melissa. >> good morning. sirens are going off. a tsunami warning in japan. take a look at this video we just got into the newsroom. the 7.2 magnitude earthquake has hit off the no
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Dec 7, 2012 4:00am EST
president obama wants to raise the debt ceiling without much interference from congress. he has criticized that. he filibustered his own bill after democrats called his bluff to vote on it. lynn. >>> tracie pots for us in washington. tracie, thanks. >>> new jersey governor chris christie is making a personal plea for federal disaster aid. the republican governor paid an unannounced visit to the white house to ask president obama for $83 billion in aid for new jersey, new york, and connecticut. he also met with members of congress. it was their first meeting since touring new jersey disaster areas in late october. >>> tea party leader and some same gop king maker senator jim demint of south carolina is stepping down from congress on january 1st. demint will become the head of the heritage foundation. that's a conservative think tank with an $80 million a year budget. demint is just two years into a second six-year term and south carolina governor nikki haley will appoint his successor. >>> well, it sure does sound like a plot out of a tom clancey cold war novel. a rogue navy sailor is accus
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